St Martin’s Day is a lovely annual festival in Vajdahunyad Castle, an enjoyable event for adults and kids alike. St Martin’s Day (the day of Martin of Tours, in Hungarian Marton Nap) is a Goose & Wine themed cultural festival at Vajdahunyad Castle, the home of the Hungarian Agricultural Museum with many children activities. Budapest on St Martin’s Day (weekend in fact) usually offers many activities for visitors.
St Martin’s Day is officially on 11 November, and the festival takes place some time on or around Nov 11, depending on the weekend days (the festival is set for a Saturday or a Sunday to include children attending schools, and parents working on weekdays more easily)
The Hungarian Márton Day Events (St Martin’s Day) feature goose food tasting, trying new wines, enjoying folk dance shows and folk concerts, performances by professional groups or by children, etc. In the Castle of Vajdahunyad in Budapest there is also a nice little St Martin’s Day Artisan Fair where you can buy some nice souvenirs, handcrafts, home made produces, Hungarian new wines, etc.
The Furmint February, aka the Great Furmint Wine Tasting Festival takes place every year in the Vajdahunyad Castle in Budapest City Park. This is a great event to take part in a Budapest wine tour off the beaten path, and to try some of the best iconic wines of Hungary, the white dry Furmint varieties.
Furmint February Budapest Wine Festival Vajdahunyad Castle
The date of the 2013 Furmint February Festival (Furmint Februar in Hungarian) is set on February 7, 2013.
2014 Furmint February: the dates for 2014 have not been finalized yet, but most probably will be some time in February.
Hungarian Furmint wines are dry white wines that go excellently with cheeses and poultry meals. Furmint is a great alternative if you have had enough of Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc, and wish to explore something new and exotic.
The tasting tickets are HUF 6,900 which include the wine tastings. Make sure to book you tickets in advance as tickets quickly sell out before the event.
Furmint February Hungary will showcase the wines of about 50 premium wineries in Hungary (see the list below). Booking your ticket in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are not many wine festivals in winter in Budapest, so the Furmint February (Furmint Februar in Hungarian) stands out amongst the Budapest Wine Festivals, such as the Buda Castle Wine Festival.
Video of Furmint February in Vajdahunyad Castle Budapest
Although the video is in Hungarian, it serves as a good teaser for this excellent wine event in Vajdahunyad Castle Budapest. Take a look at the interior of the castle, some of the wine producers, and people mingling with wonderful glasses of wines and home made excellent cheeses.
Furmint Wines from Hungary
Furmint Wines are probably the iconic Hungarian white wines. Furmint grapes are most commonly grown in north-eastern Hungary, in the Tokaj wine region. Unlike Tokaj aszu wines, which are very sweet, Furmint wines can gently bite due to their increased levels of acidity. That said, Furmint is one of the three varieties that make the world famous Tokaji aszu, the sweet botrytised dessert wines adored for many centuries, most notably by the Sun King of France.
The name of the wine variety, ‘Furmint’ comes from a Hungarian word for the color of Furmint wines, which are ‘froment’, or wheaten. While Hungary is still most well known for the sweet Tokaji Aszu dessert wines, the Furmint grapes are quite unlike the super sweet aszu wines. Furmint wine is a dry white wine with well-defined aromatics and lots of crisp bite (you can taste the traces of rich honey, light stone fruits, mineral tinges).
Tasting Hungarian Furmint Wines in Budapest Hotel Corinthia
Furmint Februar Budapest Wine Festival Vajdahunyad Castle
Furmint Tasting February Budapest Wine Festival Vajdahunyad Castle
Tasting Furmint Wines February Budapest Wine Festival Vajdahunyad Castle
Bio Snacks at Furmint February Budapest Wine Festival Vajdahunyad Castle
Furmint Feb Budapest Wine Festival Vajdahunyad Castle
Wineries in Hungary Presenting their Furmint Wines
Andrássy Pincészet, Tarcal
Árpád Hegy Pince, Szerencs
Árvay János Családi Pincészete, Rátka
AZ Nektár, Sátoraljaújhely
Babits Pincészet, Tolcsva
Balassa István, Tokaj
Basilicus Szőlőbirtok, Tarcal
Bardon Borászat, Erdőbénye
Barta Pince, Mád
Béres Szőlőbirtok és Pincészet, Erdőbénye
Bodnár Pincészet, Mád
Bodrog Borműhely, Bodrogkisfalud
Bott Pince, Bodrogkisfalud
Breitenbach Kézműves Pince, Bodrogkisfalud
Budaházy Pincészet, Mád
Demeter Zoltán, Tokaj
Dereszla Pincészet, Bodrogkeresztúr
Dénes Hegybirtok, Ság-hegy
Disznókő Szőlőbirtok, Mezőzombor
Dobogó Pincészet, Tokaj
Dorogi Testvérek Pincészete, Tarcal
Erzsébet Pince, Tokaj
Fekete Béla, Somló
Ferdinánd Pincészet, Mád
Füleky Pince, Bodrogkeresztúr
Garamvári Szőlőbirtok, Balatonlelle
Gizella Pince, Tokaj
Gróf Degenfeld Szőlőbirtok, Tarcal
Karádi és Berger, Erdőbénye
Kardos Szőlőbirtok, Mád
Katona Borház, Balatonboglár
Kikelet Pince, Tarcal
Kolonics Károly Családi Pincészete, Somló
Kovács Nimród Winery, Eger
Kreinbacher Birtok, Somló
Kvaszinger László, Olaszliszka
Lenkey Családi Szőlészet és Pincészet, Mád
Majoros Birtok, Tokaj
Orosz Gábor, Mád
Orsolyák Attila, Tokaj
Oszvald Pincészet, Somló
Pannon Tokaj, Tolcsva
Patricius Borház, Tokaj
Paulay Borház, Tokaj
Pálffy Pince, Köveskál
Pelle Pince, Mád
Radics Barnabás Családi Pincészet, Rátka
Sauska Tokaj, Tokaj
Szabó Zoltán, Hosszúhetény
Szarka Pince, Mád
Szent Benedek Pincészet, Tállya
Szent Tamás Szőlőbirtok és Pincészet, Mád
Szepsy Pince, Mád
Tokaj-Hétszőlő Szőlőbirtok, Tokaj
Tokajicum Borház, Tarcal
Tokaj Kereskedőház, Tolcsva
Tokaj Nobilis, Bodrogkeresztúr
Tokaj Oremus Szőlőbirtok és Pincészet, Tolcsva
Tokaj Pendits, Abaújszántó
Tornai Pincészet, Somló
Vissy László, Erdőbénye
Zsirai Pincészet, Mád és Somlóvásárhely
Hungary has several fantastic Budapest Christmas markets, but the most stunning location of them all is in Vajdahunyad Castle, the winter fairy tale castle in the City Park of Budapest, by Heroes’ Square.
2013 Christmas Market Vajdahunyad Castle Budapest: the dates for 2013 have not been finalized yet, please check the dates in November.
Vajdahunyad Castle Budapest in Winter Snow
The Advent Fair is relatively new and is off the beaten path of Budapest tourists, mostly visited by locals who love to keep traditions and help kids inherit the Hungarian traditions of Christmas celebrations.
The programs of the Vajdahunyad Castle Christmas Market are full of nice events, a series of Christmas Concerts in the building of the castle and outside the castle, on the stage on the grounds. You can browse among the traditional handmade artifacts and Christmassy crafts while holding a lovely mug of mulled wine, and in the meantime enjoy the music of the Christmas market: world music, gospels, classical music and children music are mixed in the program. There is a Live Bethlehem with living animals in the Christmas Pet Zoo of the Vajdahunyad Castle Advent Fair, which children can quite enjoy despite the minuses of the December weather in Budapest.